• Gun sales up in county

    During the post-Christmas wrap-up of sales during the 2011 shopping season, several news organizations reported an unexpected finding – guns were among the best-selling Christmas items nationwide.
    The reports, based on federal background checks through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), showed there were a record 1,534,414 inquiries by gun retailers in December for people buying guns.

  • Two AJHS students win scholarships

    Andrew Jackson High School seniors Wendy Winn and Sydney Phillips were worried last Tuesday when their teachers pulled them out of class and sent them to the principal’s office.
    Never mind that neither of them had ever been in trouble before, or the fact that they’re among the top students in their class – Wendy and Sydney somehow thought they were toast.

  • Cyclists to ride 200 miles to fight multiple sclerosis

    National MS Society Greater Carolinas Chapter
    On Sept. 22-23,  more than 1,500 cyclists from across the Carolinas will pedal from the greater Charlotte and Columbia areas to Sunset Beach, N.C., to raise money and awareness for the National MS Society.

  • Details emerge in Pardue shooting

    Christopher Sardelli
    More details have emerged about a shooting along Pardue Street earlier this week, though officers are still looking for their suspect.
    Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant said officers continue to follow leads as they search for Shibre Ikee Truesdale, 20, who is wanted by the police department on charges of attempted murder and possession of a firearm during a violent crime.
    “No, he has not been arrested yet,” Grant said. “We are actually out looking for him right now.”

  • Woman injured in industrial accident

    Nancy Parsons
    Landmark News Service
    GREAT FALLS – A local woman was seriously injured in an accident on her job Monday.
    Ashley Whittle, 24, was hurt when her hair became tangled in a machine at Morcon Inc.
    Great Falls Interim Fire Chief David Galloway said a member of the fire department responded to Morcon Inc. on James Baker Boulevard about 8:30 a.m.

  • DJJ adopts local classes

    R. Michael Smith
    SCDJJ Director of
    Community Development
    The S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) has made progress in recent years establishing programs aimed at reducing juvenile delinquency and recidivism.
    DJJ’s goal is to intervene in young people’s lives before they engage in delinquent behavior and in turn become involved in the juvenile court system.
    One such program the agency offers to elementary and middle school students in Chester, Fairfield, and Lancaster counties is PROJECT: Adopt-A-Class (PAAC).

  • To carry or not to carry

    Jesef Williams
    Crystal Roney keeps a pistol on her bedroom night stand.
    During road trips, it’s in her car’s glove compartment. And now, she wants to have it on her body at all times.
    When Roney moved into a new house about two years ago, she decided to take a gun-safety class, given that she’d be living alone.
    But after hearing the news of recent murders, assaults and other violent crimes, Roney wants to take things a step further by obtaining a concealed-weapons permit.

  • Spelling champ thought she was given trick word

    Reece Murphy
    This year’s Lancaster County School District spelling bee was a nail-biter in a way only those who have witnessed such academic competitions can fully understand.
    The scene: Afternoon of Jan. 26. Fifteen of the county’s best elementary and middle school spellers on stage at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Stevens Auditorium.
    The prize: Recognition as the district’s best speller and a chance to compete in the 58th Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee.

  • American hero was a humble man

    By Michele Roberts
    For The Lancaster News
    A local man who recently died has been hailed an American hero.
    Lancaster resident Carl Gandy died Jan. 25 at the age of 88. During his life he was a business owner, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Gandy served in the Army during World War II. As a member of the 4th Infantry Division, he and his comrades pushed their way across the French countryside, along with other Allied forces on their way to Berlin.

  • Local woman sexually assaulted in Chester

    Jesef Williams
    Lancaster police have the names of two people accused of robbing and sexually assaulting a Lancaster woman last week in Chester County.
    The woman, 33, was driven to the Springs Memorial Hospital emergency room Saturday afternoon to be treated after she was reportedly assaulted by two men, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
    A hospital nurse told an officer that the woman said she was pistol whipped and that the men then used the gun to sexually assault her, the report said.